*** Warning – Contains spoilers ***
Welcome to part 2 of the Diablo 3 hardcore diary and I’m pleased to say that Rollins is still alive. I’ve now got the level 10 hardcore achievement, which is hardly surprising considering the relatively low difficulty of the first Act and Rollins’ rather extreme amount of rare (yellow) gear.
No major quest milestones reached since the Skeleton King, although I did complete a couple of minor random special events, one in the Defiled Crypt and another while wandering the Fields of Misery.
I’d already done the Defiled Crypt event on my standard mode Barbarian, so I knew what to expect. I hadn’t done the Carrion Farm before, but I didn’t anticipate any problems and, sure enough, there weren’t any.
The final things I did with Rollins last night was get him to level 11 and buy a few new items on the auction house. Tonight I’ll be equipping those items and attempting to get through as much of the remainder of Act 1 as I can manage, probably up to the start of the zone that contains Act 1′s final boss, The Butcher. I’ve already passed him in standard mode, so I know what to expect and what to avoid, which is mostly the fire coming up through the floor.
In part 3 of this diary, I’ll post some screens that show some of my gear. For now, to close this episode, here’s a nice zoomed in shot of Rollins casually insulting Maghda during the first part of the Sword Shard quests.